DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR?

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I’m at home, all alone

Enjoying the moment – just my own.

Listening to the lack of sounds

—-Oh, no, listen again

Hear the susurrous sounds?

The pleasant sound in memory

Of children playing

Of husband saying

    He will be gone a while.

    So I can still smile

At the promise of a remedy.

 

family

 I do like moments all alone

   But only if it’s known

That the family will all be coming home.

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MW word of the day – susurrous, definition full of whispering sounds

 

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MY BAKER’S DOZEN

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Nine days since I wrote on this blog.  I was determined to catch up on my blog reading before writing, but I didn’t; however, with my penchant for clumsy falls or other minor (or major) emergencies, I thought I’d better send out an “I’m okay” notice.  😀  So I’m going to attempt to give you a baker’s dozen up-to-date “ME” happenings to prove I’m still perking.

  1.  My house is cleaner than usual thanks to my my granddaughter, her husband, my son and his wife who did a major carpet cleaning and furniture moving for me.

  2. I just put a pork roast with two potatoes in the oven.  Fancy cooking like I added butter spray, salt and pepper.

  3. I read “The Broken Road” by Richard Paul Evans.  (Book 1)

  4. I am reading “The Forgotten Road” by same author.  (Book 2)

  5. I went to a birthday party for Kenlyn (big 4) Sunday; thus the picture of her, my husband and me.

  6. I had a back tooth extracted Tuesday.  No pain, no swelling.

  7. Not all good however, since the bleeding just stopped this morning.  I had not been told not to take the blood thinner.  So…  I think I’ve passed that issue okay now

  8. I was supposed to take my INR number today but received notice that the lot number of the strips I have, are recalled and I don’t have replacements.

  9. Therefore, I get to take myself to the CoAg clinic tomorrow so they can take it. She understood because their strips had also been recalled.  They got their’s yesterday.

  10. I’m going to get a manicure and pedicure tomorrow.

  11. I have company (my grandson-in-law and two girls, 4 &5) back in tonight.

  12. My front door handle is broken and my husband is having an awful time finding a replacement.  I like the door; hope not to replace it.  Besides a new front door is expensive.

  13. While I was sitting in my corner with Jesus thoughts this morning, I was mulling over the idea that he (God the Creator, himself) really cared that I spend that time with him.  Mind boggling, but true.  I asked him why he cared.  My answer was that he cared to give me strength for the day, courage for facing problems, motivation for my mind, love for my soul that I would need to make my day better.  If you don’t know Him, I understand that you find that hard to believe.  I, myself, find it hard to believe.  But it is possible for all who commit and submit to him.

There, that’s my baker’s dozen for today.

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ZERO HOUR

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Two reasons why the United States is a great nation:

One: Psalm 33:18-20 “Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waits for the Lord: he is our help and our shield.”

Two: Genesis 18:18 “…Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him…”

There are reasons administratively that make USA great in my opinion— the Constitution, the capitalistic economy, justice based on Bible principles, the work ethic, public education, helping others—but all of these are flawed except to the extent that they are operated “under God.”

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TAMED, NOT FREE

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Portrait of a Boy with Falcon – Wallerant Vaillant (The Met – Public Domain)

Boy with Falcon – tamed,

Both longed to soar open skies

But neither was free.

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Challenge to use picture with these words “soar/free/open” by

https://thehauntedwordsmith.wordpress.com/2018/11/05/daily-writing-challenge-nov-5/

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Note to my blogging friends.  My grandchildren are not here today so I’m doing some catch up.  They will be back, so maybe I’m doing “get ahead.”  😀

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AS YOU VOTE, REMEMBER—

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I don’t understand how some people can be so flippant regarding our nation.  They take so much for granted – ignorant regarding the price that has been paid for our “land of the free.”  They seem not to care  how many gave their fortunes and their lives to establish us as a “nation under God.”  For people who diligently obey the laws.  For first responders who take great risks.  For soldiers who died.  For those who returned wounded in body and spirit.

I am quoting from a FB friend (Clyde M. Hughes) who wrote the following:

“I stood six times, 15 feet from Union soldiers who died prematurely as a result of their wounds at Present Arms while the Flag covered caskets passed by or a folded flag was carried to accompany cremains. Six more times we stood at attention while the sad song of Taps was played. I do it for the honor of the tens of thousands buried there. I do it for the great idea of America. I do it because God birthed this nation to be the beacon to the world. I do it for with all my heart I know that even with all our faults, God loves America still.”

Vote tomorrow.

Vote for “one nation under God.”

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Word of the day:  https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2018/11/05/flippant/

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EVIL IN THE HEART OF MAN

evil

Resolve this question –

Not method: guns, knives, nor trucks –

But why such evil?

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Image: unsplash

Challenge from Ronovan – haiku using “resolve” and “question”

https://ronovanwrites.com/2018/11/05/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-226-questionresolve/

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TRY IT OUT :D

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Something I came up with doing my study on capitalism.  Don’t want to just toss it so have some fun.  Keeping this short because I don’t want to be VERBOSE (Word of the day – Merriam Webster).

  1. Luke                        ______a. Pharisee, ruler of the Jews (See John 3:1.)
  2. Nicodemus             ______b. Priest (See Luke 1:5.)
  3. Simon                      ______c. Physician (See Col. 4:14.)
  4. Zacharias                ______d. Beggar (See Mark 10:46.)
  5. Paul                          ______e. Tanner (See Acts 9:43.)
  6. Matthew (Levi)       ______f. Tentmaker (See Acts 18:1–3.)
  7. Joseph                      ______g. Carpenter (See Matt. 1:18Matt. 13:55.)
  8. Lydia                       ______h. Tax collector (publican) (See Matt. 9:9Luke 5:27.)
  9. Bartimaeus             ______i. Centurion (See Acts 10:1.)
  10. Cornelius                 ______j. Seller of purple (dye) (See Acts 16:14.)

 

  1. Zebedee                  ______a. Slave
  2. Anna                        ______b. Prophetess
  3. Dorcas                      ______c. Tax Collector
  4. Simon                      ______d. Sorcerer
  5. Zacchaeus               ______e. Dress Maker
  6. Pricilla                     ______f. Tent Maker
  7. Martha                     ______g. Homemaker
  8. Onesimus                ______h. Fisherman

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Image: pexels.com

 

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WHY I AM A CAPITALIST

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Some principles apply in either Capitalism or Socialism.

1.“render unto Caesar” Mark 12:17

2.  Romans 17:1  (obey authorities because they have been instituted by God)

3.  All work should be done “unto the Lord.”  Ephesians 6:7 ESV Rendering service … as to the Lord and not to man,

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The following principles, commands, comments seem to be applicable in a Capitalistic system but not in a Socialist system.  One must be able to buy and sell, make money beyond what he needs, make choices about his vocation, investments, charitable giving and his motivation toward his work – how hard and how long.

1.  A person should be able to have assets beyond his own need in order to help others.  Proverbs 28:8; Ephesians 4:28  Proverbs 28:8, “Whoever multiplies his wealth by interest and profit gathers it for him who is generous to the poor.”  Ephesians 4:28 ESV “Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. 1 Timothy 5:4-8 ESV . But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

2.  One’s attitude toward riches is what get him in trouble, not the fact that he has riches.  Luke 12:15-22 (rich man who planned to build more storehouses);  Mark 10:17-22 (Jesus told him to sell his possessions) 

3.  Some have more ability to earn money than others because of their God given talents and skills.  But God rewards according to a person’s ability.  Matthew 25:15+ the Parable of the Talents.  I Corinthians 3:8  ESV  “He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor.

4.  I don’t like the parable in which everybody received the same wages for the day no matter about the number of hours they worked.  Matthew 20:1-34  But it does show that workers could choose to take the job or not.  😀

5.  Property rights to own and sell.  Matthew 13:44 (treasure in the field)

I gave reasons “Why I am not a Socialist” in the following link.  It could also be seen as “Why I am a Capitalist”  I’m not going to repeat, but here is the link   /https://onetahayes.com/2018/09/13/socialism-is-not-charity-part-1/

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I love the picture of the guitar player representing a capitalist!  He gets to do what he likes and what he is good at, work his own schedule, provide an enjoyable service, get paid freely for his service. 😀    All capitalists are not CEO’s.    Thanks, Brian Kndneh at Unsplash for the image.

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CAPITALISM, MY VIEW AS A CHRISTIAN

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https://onetahayes.com/2018/09/13/socialism-is-not-charity-part-1/

At the link above, I posted about Socialism as seen in the New Testament.  I  said I would be back to take a look at Capitalism from the point of the New Testament.  Well, Ta-Da, I am back—only six weeks!  😀  The following is my opinion as a Christian.  Discussion in the comments is encouraged.  I would like feed back.

In Gen. 1:28 God tells man to subdue the earth and have dominion over it.  The reasonable method for doing that is to give people rights to own property to produce for their benefit and for which they are accountable.  And this was the custom during the Old Testament times.  With that we have freedom to exchange or sell products.  If you have it and I need it, or visa versa, we barter for our best bargain.  Of course, God is opposed to “unjust measures” and other schemes by which one deals dishonestly.  We will be accountable to him and to authorities he has appointed to keep our dealings honest.

People are equal in the sight of God for their value to him, and our Constitution declares such is true.  However, people do not all have equality in terms of resources, ability, motivation, luck, etc to produce equally, giving rise to a wide range between “poor” and “rich” in earthly wealth and influence.

Therefore, the question “Should a Christian be a Capitalist?”  Capitalism is the system that puts some limits on “bad” people when controlled by a “limited” government.  It also allows “good” people to be supportive of good works and gives them the freedom to make decisions regarding what/whom they wish to support whether it be rescuing animals, fighting world hunger, local youth centers, Red Cross, or missions through one’s home church, for example.

(Okay, Oneta, you said you would look from the NT perspective—Get on with it!)

Pitch right into the biggie now!  Acts 2:44-45 where the followers of Christ sold their goods and shared everything in common.  Why do I feel that was not a “pattern” to suggest how Christians should live?  1.  There is very little in the rest of the NT to indicate that was the way Christians were required to live.  2. Later Barnabas sold his property.  I think he sold his property to free himself so he could join Paul for traveling and ministering the gospel, not because it was expected of him to do that.  (4:36)  3. Chapter 5 tells the story of Ananias and Sapphira who sold property and gave it to the church.  They were stricken dead because they lied.  Peter plainly said they could do as they wished with the property, sell or not, give or not give, but they lied about what they did.  They were not required to sell it.

Think about why these believers in Acts 2:44-45 sold their goods to share with others.  This occurred after 5000 souls were added to the church one day, another day 3000 were added.  These were people for “out of town” in fact many were from other countries.  We know that because they said they understood many languages that were spoken on that day of Pentecost.  So the core of believers in Jerusalem were taking care of them for a time, probably in order to answer questions and disciple them in their new found religion.  So we can see that extra means were needed in the extraordinary situation.  Also, the scripture does not say they sold everything they had.  But anyway you look at it they were generous – as Christians today should be.

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Tomorrow (hopefully) I will be back to see what Jesus, and other NT writers, said relating to this issue.

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Image: Pixabay

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BLESSING IN DISGUISE

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Healthy is the child

Who can cry vigorously

When his hunger strikes!

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Image: Pixabay

https://ronovanwrites.com/2018/10/29/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-225-strikehunger/

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